Sunday Worship

You Fought With God And Men And Have Prevailed

Sermon: Second Chances (Sharon Myers)

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MP3: sermon-s.myers-Jul31-2011 (No password necessary)

Genesis 32:22-31 (NET)

Then a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 32:25 When the man saw that he could not defeat Jacob, he struck the socket of his hip so the socket of Jacob’s hip was dislocated while he wrestled with him.

32:26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” “I will not let you go,” Jacob replied, “unless you bless me.” 32:27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” 32:28 “No longer will your name be Jacob,” the man told him, “but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.”


Added Ruby (kidney problems)


Church Activities

VBS: Hero Headquarters

During this year’s VBS we focused on three stories where anonymous people  stepped forward to demonstrate their faith in God. The first story being the servant girl in 2 Kings who believed that the prophet Elisha could heal Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14). The second story being the Roman centurion who believed Jesus could heal the centurion’s servant without being there in person (Matt 8:5-10, 13). The final story was Jesus feeding the 5000 when a boy gave up his own meal (John 6:1-13).

Sunday Worship

All Athletes Run But Only One Receives The Prize, So Run To Win

Participating in VBS was hard work but satisfying. Look for the big VBS post that has a selection of photos from Saturday.

Sermon: The Shoes of a Superhero (Marion Brown)


MP3: sermon-m.brown-Jul24-2011

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NET)

9:24 Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. 9:25 Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.

9:26 So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. 9:27 Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.


There were no new additions to the prayer list this week. New prayer concerns can be sent to feedback at christianheightsumc dot org or leave a comment below.

These are photos of the Hero Headquarters skit on Sunday that closed out VBS.

Church Activities

VBS 2011: Sneak Preview

Here are a few photos I took during practice for this weekend’s vacation bible school. The theme is “Hero Headquarters”.

Sunday Worship

Surely The Lord Is In This Place But I Did Not Realize It

Vacation Bible School: July 23 1:00 – 6:00 PM If you wish to participate please pre-register ASAP.

Sermon: Oh The Places God Goes (Marion Brown)


MP3: sermon-m.brown-Jul17-2011

Genesis 28:10-19 (NET)

28:10 Meanwhile Jacob left Beer Sheba and set out for Haran. 28:11 He reached a certain place where he decided to camp because the sun had gone down. He took one of the stones and placed it near his head. Then he fell asleep in that place 28:12 and had a dream. He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it 28:13 and the Lord stood at its top. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the ground you are lying on. 28:14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using your name and that of your descendants. 28:15 I am with you! I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!”

28:16 Then Jacob woke up and thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it!” 28:17 He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!”

28:18 Early in the morning Jacob took the stone he had placed near his head and set it up as a sacred stone. Then he poured oil on top of it. 28:19 He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz.


Added Daisy Boggess (light stroke)
Added the Amish family killed/injured in wreck
Added Gary Dixon
Added Jim Bick’s aunt (turning 97)
Added Ramona Harris

Sunday Worship

The First Fruits Of My Garden…Were The Results Of Someone Elses Labor

Vacation Bible School: July 23 1:00 – 6:00 PM If you wish to participate please pre-register ASAP.

Sermon: Listen (Marion Brown)


MP3: sermon-m.brown-Jul10-2011

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (NET)

13:18 “So listen to the parable of the sower: 13:19 When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. 13:20 The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 13:21 But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. 13:22 The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. 13:23 But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”


Added Hayden Stewart (eye surgery)
Added Michael Litchfield (appendix, better now)

Sunday Worship

Look At Yourself In The Mirror

Vacation bible school has been set for July 23. Contact the church if you want to register your children to attend.

Sermon: Do You See What I See (Marion Brown)


MP3: sermon-m.brown-Jul3-2011

James 1: 17-27 (NET)

1:17 All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. 1:18 By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 1:20 For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 1:21 So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 1:22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. 1:23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. 1:24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 1:25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does. 1:26 If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.


There were no new additions to the prayer list this week. New prayer concerns can be sent to feedback at christianheightsumc dot org or leave a comment below.

Amber B. joined the church today. She was raised at Christian Heights. We are pleased to say “Welcome Back!” :-)